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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Book Summary

In futuristic North America, where poverty and hunger are common in most areas, the government demands an annual sacrifice from each district--a boy and a girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen. The "lucky winners" are selected from a lottery and sent to a televised competition, where they are expected to fight until only one remains. 

The second book in this series, Catching Fire, features a surprise event: A hunger games made up of previous winners. These games are more about politics than sheer survival.

The third book in this series, Mockingjay, finds the districts in rebellion. It faces the question the previous two books raised, but never fully addressed: what should government do, and is it possible for government to be ethical and just?
The Hunger Games book cover
The Hunger Games

Book Review

This book is a mix of The Running Man, Survivor (the CBS television show), and The Giver, with a splash of Uglies.  It raises questions about  what societies value and what they will tolerate, as well as whether pop culture reflects societal beliefs or projects flashy, phony "ideals."

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Family Relationships
  • Perseverance in Life & Death Situations
  • Dystopian Societies
  • Class Issues
  • Loyalty and Power
  • What Society Values vs. What's Really Important
  • Rites of Passage

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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